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San Juan Chamber Launches Redesigned Website

If you have not done so, take a look at the newly redesigned website for the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce, available here. The new web site does a great job compiling all of the shopping, dining, equestrian and special events available in San Juan. Special sections are devoted to the Camino Real Playhouse, [...]

Save the Date for San Juan Holiday Events

There are lots of exciting holiday events coming up in and around San Juan Capistrano. Below are details on two fun holiday events, courtesy of the City:

December 7th – Tree Lighting Celebration

Join us for our annual Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Historic Town Center Park, 31852 El Camino Real, [...]

Make it your Mission to Experience San Juan!

image credit: OCTA

Nobody is looking forward to the traffic congestion that will result from the Ortega/I-5 interchange construction. But out-of-towners need not let that deter them from visiting downtown San Juan Capistrano. Metrolink trains are not affected by the construction and the train station is conveniently located in the heart of town, walking [...]

Zoomars Sends Juan Off In San Juan Style

Juan’s friends at Zoomars say goodbye in San Juan style. It’s good to see Zoomars taking the high road on Juan’s departure — they have handled the whole dinosaur situation very well, all the way to the end. We wish Juan well in his new home at the Grand Canyon Caverns.

(image credit: Zoomars [...]

Goodbye, Juan!

Juan, the controversial Zoomars dinosaur, departed San Juan Capistrano today bound for Grand Canyon Caverns in Arizona. Article, photos and video at the Patch.

The Fate of Juan the Dinosaur Will be Decided Tonight

If you’ve been following local news in San Juan Capistrano, you know about the controversy over Juan the Dinosaur — the Apatosaurus replica that was installed at Zoomars Petting Zoo and that has some critics worried about the potential impact on Los Rios’s historical designation. Mostly recently, the Planning Commission rejected Juan’s permit application, stating [...]

2013 Swallows Festival Calendar of Events

Tuesday’s Taste of San Juan was the first event put on by San Juan Capistrano’s Fiesta Association in this year’s Swallows Festival lineup. Mark your calendar for the remaining events in 2013′s Fiesta de las Golondrinas:

Kids Pet Parade: 10 AM on February 24 at Zoomars El Presidente Ball: 6:30 PM on March 16 at [...]

Rodeo Week is Coming

San Juan Capistrano "Rodeo Week" and the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo